COBIS Programme for Aspiring Heads (CPAH)

Building on the success of the CPML model, COBIS launched the COBIS Programme for Aspiring Heads (CPAH) in 2017. The CPAH is a professional development programme for Aspiring Heads and Senior Leaders who are interested in developing their practice. The course runs over a period of eight to ten months, combining face-to-face sessions with a choice of in-school projects and optional school placements. For 2018/19, the CPAH will run in Madrid, Muscat and Kuala Lumpur. The course is facilitated by trained COBIS facilitators with extensive experience of headship in COBIS schools. 

Click here to download the CPAH Programme Guide

Course content includes:

  • Personal target setting and models of intentional change
  • Recording and using past experience
  • Educational philosophy and vision applied to decision making
  • Considering the move to strategy and context
  • Mapping out the first 100 days of headship
  • Collaborative and network learning
  • Governance and governors
  • Financial management in international schools
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Choice of assessments in the areas of change, teams, school placements and communication, taking advantage of delegates own context and allowing the development of in-school project

Course structure:

The course will include six days of face-to-face sessions (three days in September/October and three days in spring/summer), with further work supported by the online platform.

Location, Dates, Fees, Booking Forms:

Booking for the 2019/20 CPAH will open in April 2019. To register interest, please email

For 2018/19, the CPAH is currently running in Madrid (hosted by King's College), Muscat (hosted by British School Muscat), and Kuala Lumpur (hosted by Alice Smith School).

Madrid, Spain
Host school: King's College, Madrid
First face-to-face sessions: 8-10 October 2018
Second face-to-face sessions: 10-12 June 2019
Delegate fee: EUR 2,000
Booking Closed

Muscat, Oman
Host school: British School Muscat
First face-to-face sessions: 20-22 October 2018
Second face-to-face sessions: 25-27 May 2019
Delegate fee: OMR 950
Booking Closed

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Host school: Alice Smith School
First face-to-face sessions: 24-26 September 2018
Second face-to-face sessions: 17-19 June 2019
Delegate fee: RM 9,400
Booking Closed

More information:

To download the CPAH programme guide, please click here. If you have any queries about the course, please contact